Volunteers wanted to help nail speeding motorists

Community Speed Watch - Cllr Nick Collinson 3rd from left with residents and PCSO Faye Fletcher
Community Speed Watch - Cllr Nick Collinson 3rd from left with residents and PCSO Faye Fletcher

Volunteers are needed to run a community watch programme to encourage speeding motorists in parts of Hailsham to slow down.

This came about after a community panel meeting between residents of North Hailsham and town councillor Nick Collinson held last year, which identified there was an issue with speeding traffic along Hawkswood Road

Residents have considered speeding in Hawkswood Road to be a serious problem, with checks often revealing many drivers breaking the speed limit are local.

Cllr Collison said, “Speeding is an issue in the local community and some vehicles drive at well above the 30mph limit along Hawkswood Road, especially in the early mornings and around school home time.

“It is important that we work together to prevent the problem from getting worse and the community speed watch programme is a good way for local residents to become actively involved in achieving this.”

Hailsham Town Council and Sussex Police are on the loookout for more volunteers.

Following risk assessments of operating sites by the police, volunteers will be given hand-held speed recording equipment. Once fully trained, volunteers will be able to conduct high visibility speed checks at the road side.

Volunteers will also be required to fill out data logs giving details on vehicles and speeds and, once submitted, appropriate actions will be taken by the police to deal with anyone caught speeding.

PCSO Iain Tomsett, Community Casualty Reduction Officer at Sussex Police appealed to more people to come forward.

He said, “Community speed watch has proved tremendously successful in many areas across Wealden which has assisted in reducing speeding motorists on our roads. Volunteering for a couple of hours each week can have a massive effect on improving your local community.”

If you would like to take an active role in the Community Speed Watch scheme, please contact Councillor Nick Collinson on 01323 846040 or by email to nickcollinson@nickcollinson.co.uk. Alternatively contact PCSO Faye Fletcher: